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CHP brass chase down suspect in Manteca car theft

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POSTED November 22, 2012 12:19 a.m.

Edward Adams, 21, of Ripon was jailed on multiple charges after attempting to outrun a CHP captain and lieutenant from Modesto that were traveling through Stockton on Highway 99 early Tuesday morning in an unmarked car.

Adams,  with the aliases of “Bambi” and “Moe Money,” was recently released from prison in the state realignment jail program. He was wanted for being a “no bail” parolee-at-large for not contacting his parole agent, police said.

Adams was charged with three felonies and five misdemeanors including auto theft, possession of a stolen vehicle, DUI, being under the influence of a controlled substance, delaying peace officers, driving without a license and possession of marijuana found in his shirt pocket.

The vehicle was reportedly taken earlier that morning from the 400 block of North Lincoln Avenue in Manteca.

The pursuit began when the two CHP officers spotted Adams allegedly driving a 1994 Honda Accord recklessly in the southbound lanes of Highway 99 just south of the Highway 4 Cross Town Freeway in Stockton.

The officers attempted a traffic stop on Adams with lights and siren.  The Honda reportedly failed to yield and sped away on Mariposa Road, according to the CHP.  Adams continued eastbound onto Mariposa Road and then reversed his course back to the northbound lanes of Highway 99 at high speeds. 

The pursuit went northbound to Highway 4 transition and west until one of the tires went flat and it was running on a sparking rim.  The driver veered to the right hand shoulder of the freeway where the vehicle traveled up the embankment.

Adams jumped out of the car, according to the CHP, and began running south across all the lanes of traffic as the vehicle erupted into flames.  He fled the scene traveling up the Filbert Street on ramp to Highway 4 eastbound.

The two Modesto CHP officers chased the driver on foot.  The suspect reportedly ran onto Filbert Street south of Highway 4 and began jumping fences and ended up behind an apartment complex and on into a neighborhood.

A perimeter was quickly set up with backup officers. The parolee was soon located and apprehended hiding behind a residence on Glacier Court.  He was taken into custody without further resistance, officers said.

Adams is scheduled to appear at the Stockton Courthouse on Monday, Nov. 26, at 1:30 p.m.

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